VOLUNTEER AWARD Reba Beard, front, was honored Thursday by SouthernCare Hospice with the "Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2001" part of National Volunteer Month. Beard, 17, is a student at Southeast Lauderdale High School; she is pictured with parents, Norman and Sandy Beard.
Reba Beard received the award because of her leadership with a group of ladies from her church, Russell Baptist, who ministered to the terminally ill and their families through prayer and correspondence.
Said Beard: "I wanted to give back to the community. It means a lot to minister to hospice patients." SouthernCare Hospice is in Newton; Weston Burnside is the volunteer services coordinator.
Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
Feb. 22, 2002